Youths benefit from a residential treatment program if they are suffering from behavioral or emotional problems that have not been sufficiently improved through outpatient services, or if they require additional support following inpatient treatment. Residential treatment programs allow youth to reside temporarily away from their home environment while receiving suitable intensive treatment by qualified staff.
The programs usually provide an evaluation of the child’s emotional, medical, social, or behavioral needs. Professionals then create a customized treatment plan that contains several types of care, including psychiatric treatment, group therapy, family therapy, and individual therapy sessions. Licensed residential treatment programs discourage the use of violence and corporal punishment as treatment methods. Ongoing communication and involvement by family members may be encouraged by residential treatment programs by way of visitation, telephone calls, and home visits.